2006 Code of Virginia § 3.1-796.84 - Local ordinances; penalties

3.1-796.84. Local ordinances; penalties.

The governing body of any county, city or town may, by local ordinance,require a person operating a pet shop or operating as a dealer in companionanimals to obtain a permit. Such local governing body may charge no more than$50 per year for such permit. The revenues derived therefrom shall be usedfor the administration and enforcement of such ordinance.

The aforementioned local ordinance may provide: (i) that records be kept bythe permittees as are deemed necessary; (ii) for public hearing prior toissuance, renewal or revocation of any such permit; or (iii) for the denialof issuance, denial of renewal or for the revocation of such permit forfraudulent practices or inhumane treatment of the animals dealt with by thepermittee.

The local ordinance may provide for either a criminal penalty not to exceed aClass 3 misdemeanor or a civil penalty not to exceed $500 for any violationof the ordinance. Any civil penalties collected shall be deposited by thelocal treasurer pursuant to 3.1-796.101.

(1984, c. 492, 29-213.54; 1987, c. 488; 2005, c. 307.)

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